Francis Collins, the founder and former president of BioLogos, was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Among other things, Collins discussed the appropriate relationship between science and faith and the benefits and dangers of technology’s increasing role in healthcare. On evolution, Collins states, “If you are a believer in God, it’s hard to imagine that God would somehow put this incontrovertible evidence in front of us about our relationship to other living organisms and expect us to disbelieve it.” A video clip of the interview can be found here, along with a brief article. Collins also took part in a Huffington Post panel at the conference entitled “Health is Wealth” last Saturday to discuss modern health issues.
President Obama covered a few issues close to the heart of scientists in his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. In the course of the speech, he pleaded for investment in the Affordable Care Act, promised new centers for technological advancement, and talked about the need for America to keep increasing in energy independence and clean energy usage.
As part of last week’s celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a Forbes magazine writer put out an article on King, Jr.’s thoughts on science and religion, specifically his belief that the “toughheadedness” of science and the “tenderheartedness” of religion ought to be used in tandem to create Christian disciples as “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” In the same line of thinking, Christianity Today writer Tim Stafford has recently written on the necessity of reconciliation between science and religion, highlighting the damaging effect of an unnecessary choice between the two.
Turning to the skies, a newly discovered supernova relatively close to Earth has generated excitement among astronomers, as has a young supernova and its informative cloud of dust particles. Stephen Hawking has written a paper, combining Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics to create what he believes to be a more accurate description of the event horizon of black holes. Huffington Post gives an overview of the research and then some assessment from other physicists.